Marcia Muller Books

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Marcia Muller, who had a stint as a journalist and is married to a fellow writer, is an American author of several series, standalone books, short stories, and anthologies. Marcia Muller, who has co-authored some of her work with husband Bill Pronzini, is most notably renowned for the Sharon sleuthing-related Sharon McCone series of novels. Sharon McCone, a female inquiry agentm is the featured protagonist of the “Sharon McCone” series of books authored by Marcia Muller. Muller’s first book portraying character Sharon McCone was published in 1977 called Edwin of the Iron Shoes, and the series of novels is shelved as mystery and suspense-cum-thriller genre.

Order of Sharon McCone Series

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1Edwin of the Iron Shoes 1977Description / Buy
2Ask the Cards a Question 1982Description / Buy
3The Cheshire Cat's Eye (Short Story) 1983Description / Buy
4Games to Keep the Dark Away 1984Description / Buy
5Leave a Message for Willie 1984Description / Buy
6There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of 1985Description / Buy
7Eye of the Storm 1988Description / Buy
8The Shape of Dread 1989Description / Buy
9There's Something in a Sunday 1990Description / Buy
10Trophies and Dead Things 1990Description / Buy
11Where Echoes Live 1991Description / Buy
12Pennies On a Dead Woman's Eyes 1992Description / Buy
13Wolf in the Shadows 1993Description / Buy
14Till the Butchers Cut Him Down 1994Description / Buy
15A Wild and Lonely Place 1995Description / Buy
16The Broken Promise Land 1996Description / Buy
17Both Ends of the Night 1997Description / Buy
18While Other People Sleep 1998Description / Buy
19A Walk Through the Fire 1999Description / Buy
20Listen to the Silence 2000Description / Buy
21Dead Midnight 2002Description / Buy
22The Dangerous Hour 2004Description / Buy
23Vanishing Point 2006Description / Buy
24The Ever-Running Man 2007Description / Buy
25Burn Out 2008Description / Buy
26Locked In 2009Description / Buy
27Coming Back 2010Description / Buy
28City of Whispers 2011Description / Buy
29Looking for Yesterday 2012Description / Buy
30Skeleton in the Closet 2012Description / Buy
31The Night Searchers 2014Description / Buy
32Merrill-Go-Round (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
33Tell Me Who I Am (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
34Someone Always Knows 2016Description / Buy
35The Color of Fear 2017Description / Buy
36The Breakers 2018Description / Buy
37Ice and Stone 2021Description / Buy

Order of Sharon McCone Collections

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1The McCone Files 1995Description / Buy
2McCone and Friends 1999Description / Buy

Order of Elena Oliverez Series

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1The Tree of Death 1983Description / Buy
2The Legend of the Slain Soldiers 1985Description / Buy

Order of Joanna Stark Series

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1The Cavalier in White 1986Description / Buy
2There Hangs the Knife 1988Description / Buy
3Dark Star 1989Description / Buy

Order of John Quincannon Series

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1Quincannon ( By: Bill Pronzini) 1985Description / Buy
2Beyond the Grave ( With: Bill Pronzini) 1986Description / Buy
3Quincannon's Game ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2005Description / Buy

Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Series

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1The Bughouse Affair 2013Description / Buy
2The Spook Lights Affair 2013Description / Buy
3The Body Snatchers Affair 2015Description / Buy
4The Plague of Thieves Affair 2016Description / Buy
5The Dangerous Ladies Affair 2017Description / Buy
6The Bags of Tricks Affair ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2018Description / Buy
7The Flimflam Affair ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2019Description / Buy
8The Stolen Gold Affair ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2020Description / Buy
9The Paradise Affair ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2021Description / Buy

Order of Cape Perdido Series

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1Point Deception 2001Description / Buy
2Cyanide Wells 2003Description / Buy
3Cape Perdido 2005Description / Buy

Order of Marcia Muller Standalone Novels

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1The Lighthouse ( With: Bill Pronzini) 1986Description / Buy
2Crucifixion River ( With: Bill Pronzini) 2007Description / Buy
3Kindling Point (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy

Order of Marcia Muller Short Story Collections

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1Deceptions 1991Description / Buy
2Duo 1998Description / Buy
3Time of the Wolves 2003Description / Buy
4Somewhere in the City 2007Description / Buy

Order of Bill Pronzini Short Story Collections

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1Graveyard Plots ( By: Bill Pronzini) 1985Description / Buy
2Small Felonies ( By: Bill Pronzini) 1988Description / Buy
3The Best Western Stories of Bill Pronzini ( By: Bill Pronzini) 1990Description / Buy
4Stacked Deck ( By: Bill Pronzini) 1991Description / Buy
5Sleuths ( By: Bill Pronzini) 1999Description / Buy
6Problems Solved ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2003Description / Buy
7Burgade's Crossing ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2003Description / Buy
8On Account of Darkness and Other Stories ( By: Bill Pronzini, Barry N. Malzberg) 2004Description / Buy
9Coyote and Quarter-Moon ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2006Description / Buy
10Crucifixion River ( With: Bill Pronzini) 2007Description / Buy
11Dago Red ( By: Bill Pronzini) 2008Description / Buy

Order of Nameless Detective Series with Bill Pronzini

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1The Snatch 1971Description / Buy
2The Vanished 1973Description / Buy
3Undercurrent 1973Description / Buy
4Blowback 1977Description / Buy
5Twospot 1978Description / Buy
6Labyrinth 1980Description / Buy
7Hoodwink 1981Description / Buy
8Scattershot 1982Description / Buy
9Dragonfire 1982Description / Buy
10Bindlestiff 1983Description / Buy
11Quicksilver 1984Description / Buy
12Nightshades (Short Story) 1984Description / Buy
13Double ( With: Bill Pronzini) 1984Description / Buy
14Bones 1985Description / Buy
15Deadfall 1986Description / Buy
16Shackles 1989Description / Buy
17Jackpot 1990Description / Buy
18Breakdown 1991Description / Buy
19Quarry 1991Description / Buy
20Epitaphs 1992Description / Buy
21Demons 1993Description / Buy
22Hardcase 1995Description / Buy
23Sentinels 1996Description / Buy
24Illusions 1997Description / Buy
25Boobytrap 1998Description / Buy
26Crazybone 2000Description / Buy
27Bleeders 2001Description / Buy
28Spook 2002Description / Buy
29Nightcrawlers 2005Description / Buy
30Mourners 2006Description / Buy
31Savages 2007Description / Buy
32Fever 2008Description / Buy
33Schemers 2009Description / Buy
34Betrayers 2010Description / Buy
35Camouflage 2011Description / Buy
36Hellbox 2012Description / Buy
37Strangers 2014Description / Buy
38Vixen 2015Description / Buy
39Zigzag 2016Description / Buy
40Endgame 2017Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

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1The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000Description / Buy
2The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000Description / Buy
3The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002Description / Buy
4The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003Description / Buy
5The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004Description / Buy

Marcia Muller Anthologies

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1 The Web She Weaves1983Description / Buy
2 Child's Ploy1984Description / Buy
3 Witches' Brew1984Description / Buy
4 Chapter and Hearse1985Description / Buy
5 Dark Lessons1985Description / Buy
6 She Won the West1985Description / Buy
7 Deadly Arts1985Description / Buy
8 Wickedest Show on Earth1985Description / Buy
9 Lady on the Case1988Description / Buy
10 Kill or Cure1989Description / Buy
11 Sisters in Crime 21990Description / Buy
12 A Woman's Eye1991Description / Buy
13 The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories1992Description / Buy
14 Criminal Intent1993Description / Buy
15 Women on the Case1996Description / Buy
16 Guilty as Charged1996Description / Buy
17 A Century of Mystery1997Description / Buy
18 Detective Duos1997Description / Buy
19 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 12000Description / Buy
20 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 32002Description / Buy
21 Deadly Anniversaries2020Description / Buy
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Sharon McCone is a seasoned and much sought-after San Francisco-based private sleuth. She is an ambitious private detective who soon realizes that she has been carried away excessively by the investigative tasks which she undertakes.

The first book in the Sharon McCone series, Edwin of the Iron Shoes, starts by showcasing Sharon McCone who recently joined a law firm known as All Souls Legal Cooperative. This kick starts McCone’s private sleuthing career. Unfortunately for her, she has acquired little knowledge concerning her initial assignment which is all about investigating an antique dealer’s gory murder. The assignment takes her to an antique-belt which is also dotted with curio stores. But Marcia Muller must tread softly because that locale is not only stirring fear in the wake of vandalized shops, but she has also chanced upon a secret which, in the quest to hush it up, might possibly lead to a series of murders.

She goes to the antique shop whose then proprietor is the deceased person she is mandated for sleuthing. It is while she is there and amid a mannequin, dummy and stuffed pet, that she learns about the secret. In this serialized Sharon McCone, Marcia Muller has crafted a trend-setting book which buttresses her reputable storytelling prowess, and culminated in her being honored during the 2005 award ceremony of the Edgar Awards. In 2004, Marcia Muller’s Wolf in The Shadows had been nominated for the Edgar Awards.

Marcia Muller Awards

Marcia Muller has won varied awards and been nominated for others for her decades-long writing career which dates from her formative years. Incidentally, she first produced her self-published book while aged 12. Most notably, in 2005, Marcia Muller clinched the Grand Master Award which was proffered to her by the New York-based Mystery Writers of America group.

In 1993, Marcia Muller clinched the Lifetime Achievement award from The Private Eye Writers of America, truncated The Eye. What’s more, Muller had won the 1991 editions of the Shamus Awards for story titled Final Resting Place (this is in the serialized Sharon McCone) in the Best PI Short Story category. In 2010, her story titled Locked In, also a part of the Sharon McCone series, won a Shamus Award in the Best PI Hardcover category; similarly, the character Sharon McCone won a Shamus Award, under the Hammer category.

In 2008, Marcia Muller and her co-author-cum-husband won the Spur Award for their Crucifixion River, in the Best Short Fiction Story category. Did you know that Marcia Muller has clinched the Anthony Award six times? Lastly, Marcia Muller’s non-fiction has also won the Macavity Awards in the Best Crtical/Biographic Mystery Work category.

Marcia Muller Books into TV Shows/Movies

In the past, there have been alleged plans to adapt the Sharon McCone series authored by Marcia Muller for TV series. Spring Creek Productions, in conjunction with CBS-TV, was reportedly working on the film adaptation.

According to Marcia Muller’s 2007 collection titled Somewhere in the City, her 2003 work titled Time of the Wolves was adapted into the adventure action film titled Into the Badlands. Even then, Marcia Muller intuits that the specific part which forms the basis of the film was incorporated into the work of someone else and placed deep into the said film. The starring in that part is actor Bruce Dern.

Best Marcia Muller Books

Naturally, the following are the best books by Marcia Muller by virtue of winning the awards. The first, Locked In, is the 27th in the Sharon McCone series. Hereby, McCone is wounded and nearly paralyzed, prompting her to investigate about the mysterious attacker. The second, Wolf in the Shadows, is the fourteenth in the series; here McCone has succeeded in her sleuthing and is in a relationship with a little-known spouse.

Other Books You May Like

Readers who read the series written by Marcia Muller also read the following. One, Linda Barnes’ Carlotta Carlyle series; this revolves around a former law enforcer and private eye called Carlotta Carlyle who has an innate ability of sensing problems, especially when prompted by an elderly woman offering money in her quest for knowing where the brother is.

Two, Sara Paretsky‘s V.I. Warshawski; almost like Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, this series revolves around a Chicago-based private eye. Like the aforementioned, the third book, Karen Kijewski’s Kat Colorado, has a protagonist who is a private detective.

When Does The Next Marcia Muller book come out?

Marcia Muller doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Ice and Stone and was released on August, 10th 2021. It is the newest book in the Sharon McCone Series.

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